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God! You have got mail

india Updated: Nov 18, 2006 00:29 IST
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SAI, Hanuman Ji, Santoshi Mata, Jesus Christ and Allah all have yet to collect their letters from dak ghar!

Bhaktas write letters to God discussing personal issues, seeking advice and demanding what they want and post them along with an address and a stamp. The letters obviously can’t reach God end up at the Return Letter Office (RLO), Lalbagh.  

These letters come in all the possible languages discussing most bizarre issues or demanding the impossible. “We have been receiving letters for God since the time the RLO started functioning. Adults and children write letters discussing personal issues that can be varied and bizarre at times. At times they seek advice from God on matters like education, career, marriage and personal life or demand money and other materialistic goods. The letters are so emotional at times that we feel sad,” said Ausan, manager of RLO. Some people write chain letter where they write the Hanuman Chalisa 1000 times and post it. They address these letters directly to Hanuman Ji and post them in the usual letterbox. When they cannot be possibly delivered to Hanuman Ji they reach RLO and after the usual sorting out are put at the dumping place. 

An official at the RLO said, “Once I remember a girl used to interact with God regularly through letters. I remember reading 7-8 of her letters in which she discussed about her life. She wrote to God that her parents want her to marry but she wants to study further and marry a boy of her choice. In the letters she used to discuss all sorts of problems and claimed that by writing to God her problems get a solution. Later, her letters stopped pouring in.”

Another letter at RLO reads: “Dear God, I am Raghav. I want an aeroplane and my parents are not buying me one. My friend said that if I wrote a letter to you then you would give me an aeroplane. God my address is…. Please send me an aeroplane on Christmas.”

The RLO also gets letters where people ask God to give them huge amounts of money because they need it for some urgent business r demand computers, televisions and similar goods. “People also bargain with God. They write in a letter to a certain God saying that if God fulfills his wish then he would write 1100 letters praising God or writing their arti or chalisa. But all in all it seems that people have immense faith in God. They know that their letters would not reach God yet they write to Him,” said Ausan.